The science of war is beginning to look more like science technologies that were once confined to the fever dreams of Hollywood’s sci-fi directors are becoming commonplace throughout projections of tomorrow’s military: lasers, railguns, hypersonic missiles, and secretive space planes.
Welcome to the wild future of the US military.
This long-range stealth strategic Bomber is expected to replace to current B-2 “Spirit” stealth bomber.
Next Generation Air Dominance Fighter
Northrop Grumman’s entrant for the US Navy’s F/A-XX 6th-generation fighter aircraft program envisions a tailless supersonic, stealth fighter with a 30 KW laser weapon.
The unmanned successor to the famed SR-71, the SR-72 “son of Blackbird” is conceived as hypersonic reconnaissance aircraft employing a dual-mode turbine-based combined cycle engine capable of operating from subsonic to hypersonic speeds of mach 6.
The next evolution of first strike technology, hypersonic weapons can be ground, sea, and air-launched and accelerated to a speeds of up to Mach [ 21,000 km/h]. It will mean rapid delivery to conventional or nuclear warheads anywhere in the world, in less than an hour.
A part of military’s Future vertical lift [FVL] Program to replace the current helicopter fleet, sikorsky/Boeing’s SB-1 defiant will use coaxial rotors and a posher- propeller to overcome the 200-knot speed limit of most helicopters.
Bell helicopter’s tilt-rotor V-280 valor will fulfill the role of medium-lift helicopter, with greater speed, range, and maneuverability than the current V-22 Osprey.
Carrier Based Aerial Refueling System
This program-exemplified by current experimental craft like the X-47B sea Ghost, and Phantom Ray- aims to create aircraft carrier-based UAVs for aerial refueling and “Limited strike” capability.
The USS Zumwalt, which was commissioned in October, is the first of a new class of futuristic, stealth guided-missile destroyers. In the future, these ships may include railguns and directed energy weapons (lasers)
Columbia-Class Nuclear Submarine
Designed to replace the current Ohio-class nuclear submarines, the Columbia-class will employ electric drives and a new design for unsurpassed stealth, together with a nuclear fuel core that needs to replacement throughout the sub’s life.
ADVANCED WEAPON SYSTEMS
Electromagnetic (EM) Railgun
The EM railgun used electromagnetic fields to accelerate a projectile to speed of Mach 6-7; and projectile’s extreme kinetic energy does the damage, removing the need for explosive warheads. The Zumwalt-class destroyers partially designed to accommodate these weapons; and they may even be scaled done for time-based applications.
Believe it or not, laser weapons are already a part of military weaponry – the USS ponce is equipped with a fully functioning and authorized directed energy weapon XN-1 Laser weapon system (LaWS) is 30-KW infrared solid-state laser that’s already been used to destroy unmanned aerial and naval vehicles in simulated attacks. Future version may be installed on AC-130 gunships.
Rapid Launch Spaceplanes
The high frontier is the combat theater of the future-and whoever controls the world. The XS-1 program aims to create autonomous space planes with aircraft-like capability and turnaround; in other words, they can launch satellites [or other objects] at least once a day, and swiftly respond to hostile enemy actions in space.